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Current Verizon Customers- Help Me Out

We have had Verizon ever since they merged with AirTouch back in the day. Now it's the year 2010 and we have two lines that we want to be smartphones. There's no nice way of saying it, but the cost of data on Verizon is outrageous. They gave us a loyalty discount last time we upgraded a line. Does anyone think that I would be able to talk them down on service if I brought in a quote from Sprint? It wouldn't even need to be matched with Sprint. I would like it to just be a bit lower than the current Verizon prices. We've been happy with Verizon and don't really want to switch. But job situations have made it so that we need to get smartphones and we really can't afford Verizon's current prices. Any advise?

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Smartphone data discounts- employer based

In reply to: Current Verizon Customers- Help Me Out

Through some employers you may have a small discount on voice or voice + data. Other than that type of discount the major carriers don't give discounts on data. $30/mo. is the going rate now for smartphones. [are you certain you *need* smartphones? what applications/job requirements=email(?) are you sure of that you couldn't otherwise do without and not instead use one of the $15/month multimedia phones?]

I suggest you look at T-Mobile for an 'everything' plan, or possibly, grabbing Verizon branded smartphones from Craigslist or ebay, then activating with Page Plus prepaid. Could you go with free wifi on your phones only?

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I Have Looked at T-Mobile

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I have looked at T-Mobile. The only problem with that is they have no service for the areas that we would travel in. I have also looked into the employer discount. It would be about 13%, so that might help. One of our lines tried the LG Voyager and decided that they need to go smartphone. I need one because I am getting a job as an in-field manager for a company and since the hours can be from 9am to 9pm, my e-mails can't go that long because some of them are urgent.

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In that case...

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...why isn't the company paying for your phone service if the 9 to 9 email is all business related(?) Or are you an independently employed contractor working for a particular firm? Most of my friends even employed by relatively small firms have the option to get a work phone/line. YMMV, I suppose, depending on what industry you're in.

If it's just email you are after why wouldn't the non-smartphones that can still read email work? Or do you also want/need apps like MS Office mobile, etc.(?) Just curious.

You definitely won't be getting any discounts on data or voice outside your employer. The big carriers provide more potential coverage/services hence the larger price tags.

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